(National Sentinel) Pointless: On Sunday Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., caused a stir when he told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that fellow Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was going to be “investigated” over her alleged mishandling of the confidentiality of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s chief accuser.
Fox News reported:
Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether or not they leaked the confidential letter from Christine Blasey Ford that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Feinstein, who represents California and who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had received the letter from Ford sometime over the summer and was asked to keep it confidential. At some point, however, the letter was leaked to the press, although Feinstein denies that anyone in her office is responsible.
“They have betrayed her,” Cotton said regarding Ford. ” “She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”
He also said that Democrats are to blame if in the future women (or men) don’t come forward with credible accusations of wrongdoing against future judicial nominees or others in government.
Republicans can investigate this all they want — and frankly, what they’re most likely to find out is that despite her denial during Thursday’s hearing, someone in her office most certainly did leak Ford’s letter or the contents of it.
But the thought of punishing Feinstein over it is a pipe dream.
First and foremost, even if she did betray Ford (and we are of the mind that she did), it’s not going to hurt her one bit with her lunatic voter base in deep blue California.
What’s more, the official methods of punishment — Senate censure and expulsion — are never going to happen.
She should be expelled if she leaked the document, but according to the U.S. Senate website:
Article I, Section 5, of the United States Constitution, provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.” Since 1789, the Senate has expelled only fifteen of its entire membership.
Republicans will never get the required two-thirds to go along with expelling Feinstein. They’d have a hard time even getting a simple majority to vote to censure Feinstein (which won’t result in her removal anyway). Only 10 senators have been censured in the Senate’s history (the most famous of which was Sen. Joseph McCarthy), though of those, some were censured for breach of confidentiality.
Don’t get us wrong, we’d love to see Feinstein thrown out of office if she, in fact, violated Ford’s request for confidentiality. But in this hyper-partisan environment in which we live, there is no chance it will happen.
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